History and Rules of Interpretation
It's important to know how to interpret parables to accurately understand what Jesus was trying to teach. At different times in history, people have used different paradigms to interpret parables. Each parable has one main point. To interpret the parable, seek to understand what Jesus meant, what the evangelist meant and what God wants to teach you today.
Lesson Fourteen: The Teachings of Jesus
II. The Genre of Parables (part 1)
A. History of Interpretation
1. Early Church – 500
2. Middle Ages – 1500
3. Reformation – 1888
4. Modern Period
B. Rules for Interpretation
1. Seek the main point of the parable.
2. Seek to understand what Jesus meant.
3. Seek to understand what the evangelist meant.
4. Seek to understand what God is teaching us today in the parable.